Warren Scherer

A first-generation student from a single parent home, Warren received an Associates degree, then a bachelors focused on political science, and geography; all areas of interest. Having changed majors no less than twice: Biomedical Engineering > Comparative Literature > Political Science. In graduate school the focus is public health, an area of interest. Moved to Milwaukee in Aug. 2004 to work for a local non-profit and began working at UWM in Aug. 2008. Warren is primarily an experiential and visual learner and believes each campus community member must simultaneously hold two roles: pupil and educator.

#intoit: Marvel comics, science & speculative fiction, diversity, social justice, inclusivity, equity, games, facilitating / conversations, food(ie), & TED Talks.

Strengths: Strategic, Command, Adaptability, Ideas, Activator

Pronouns: per, pers, pers and he, him, his


Mai Yer Yang

Assistant Director

Mai Yer is a first generation college student who was born and raised in Ban Vinia Refugee Camp, Thailand. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old and resided in Akron, OH where they later moved to Sheboygan, WI. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Professional Development with the emphasis in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has eight years of experience working in higher education specifically with traditionally underserved student populations and cultural programming.

Mai Yer loves to travel and eat local authentic food. She believes that the best way to learn about culture is through food. Her strengths are communication, adaptability, organization and event planning.


Cyndi Bergloff
Intercultural Assistant

Cyndi izhinikaazo. Nindonjibaa Chigagou. Nindoodem Animikii gaye Mishiikenh.

Cyndi is a first generation undergraduate student who grew up in Chicago. She comes from Grand River and  Grand Traverse Band Odawa communities and belongs to the Thunderbird and Turtle clans. She is an American Indian Studies major at UWM. In her studies she’s focusing on Indigenous language preservation, and is in the Anishinaabemowin language program. In her free time, she enjoys creating: writing poetry, knitting, crocheting and making jewelry. Cyndi strongly believes that traditions and stories are passed down through art and loves facilitating conversations through her creations.


Stephanie Carmichael
Dreamers Assistant

Stephanie is a junior studying social work and plans on continuing to graduate school and eventually getting her clinical license. As a returning adult student after her military service and two young children at home, she understands the variety of hardships and obstacles students can face and hopes that her position in the IEC will allow her to support and encourage her fellow classmates. She is particularly passionate about all individuals having access to higher education and is invested in helping undocumented students in her position as the DREAMER assistant. Stephanie is also an officer in an emerging organization on campus for 1stgeneration students and regularly volunteers on the weekends at La Causa. Stephanie enjoys exploring all the diverse festivals and events that Milwaukee offers but hopes to return to Washington in the future to raise her family.


Olivia Clifton

Lawton Office Assistant

My name is Olivia Clifton, I am originally from Villa Park, Illinois but my family has lived in Manitowoc, WI since I was five years old. I am a Biology/Pre-Med student with junior class standing here at UWM and I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2018. I will then go on to medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician. I absolutely love kids and look forward to working with them in my future.  I am a very family oriented person so I really enjoy being surrounded by my family. I also like to hang out with friends, watch movies, listen to music, bake, and explore the outdoors! I am the Lawton Office Assistant in the Inclusive Excellence Center so I am the go to gal for all things Lawton related!


Alena Bodnaruk
Graphic Designer

A committed division 1 student-athlete and designer working towards a career utilizing creative and innovative skills. She is also a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing a double major in design and advertising. Alena strives to create meaningful and influential work through slick design. She’s a distance swimmer, chihuahua lover, painter and world traveler. Her inspiration comes from everyday experiences and incorporating her interests into her everyday work. She’s driven by challenges and will always be striving for perfection. She currently works as one of the graphic designers at the IEC and she enjoys creating impactful marketing materials for various events and programs within the office. Alena loves working with the IEC team and creating design that represents programs that are dedicated to helping students succeed.


Arli Mohamed
Intern Coordinater for First-Generation Students

Arli is the Graduate Intern Coordinator for First-Generation (1G) Student Success. Her primary role is to coordinate and track specific programmatic activities designed to enhance student engagement and transition that also links to overarching institutional goals related to diversity, retention, and student success. Arli’s role includes designing, developing, coordinating, implementing and assessing programs for first-generation students based on research and on campus as well as national best practices with key stakeholders such as Student Life and Development and Student Involvement. She also reaches out to 1G students to offer guidance and support, while serving as a success coach to 1G students as well as Lawton Scholars as needed. The UWM Lawton Scholars Program is designed as a student retention and success initiative for historically underrepresented ethnically/racially minoritized students. Arli holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Lubar School of Business and is currently in her last semester at UW-Milwaukee, pursuing an M.S. in Administrative Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. After graduation, Arli looks forward to continue her advocacy for fostering an inclusive environment for student development and engagement in learning and individual success through working with students from underrepresented populations in providing support and guidance, and assisting in efforts to enhance student’s collegiate experiences as they navigate the college process and beyond.


Intercultural Assistants

The Intercultural Assistants at UWM are the front line of the Inclusive Excellence Center (IEC). We develop programming to engage the UWM student body in difficult discussions on privilege and in the creation and/or refinement of their discursive skill sets. We strive for flexibility, adaptability and integrity in interpersonal interactions.

The IEC Intercultural Assistant of the Month has demonstrated these qualities through their work within the office. We believe that IEC members deserve to be recognized for their contributions to our mission, goals and values!